Whether you’re a worker in a construction site or a Stay-at-Home Mom, screwdrivers are one of the most important, even crucial, tools at your disposal. After all, you never know when you’re going to need one.
While everyone’s needs are different –we wouldn’t expect a professional jeweler to use the same kind of screwdriver that a college freshman would do– and there are plenty of options out there to meet said needs, nothing beats the convenience owning a good screwdriver set allows.
Screwdriver sets come in all shapes and sizes, some designed specifically with certain tasks and uses in mind but while many may look the same, not all of them are good which is a hurdle if you’re looking to buy a set.
No need to worry, though. We’ve taken the liberty to test Amazon’s most popular screwdriver sets to make your choice easier.
Let’s get started!
Table of Contents
- I. Screwdriver Set Reviews
- II. The Importance of a Good Screwdriver Set
- III. Screwdriver Sets 101
- IV. Construction
I. Screwdriver Set Reviews
1. Craftsman Phillips Screwdriver Set
This 17 piece set of screwdrivers offers the variety you’ll need to finish any job at home. The heat treated blades are quite solid and its wide variety of Philips and Flathead screwdrivers, as well as the different lengths included, mean you’ll never run into a screw you can’t handle.
The Craftsman 9-31794 screwdriver set includes a pocket 4 way driver keychain which acts as its own, multiple use screwdriver whenever you’re in a pinch and also includes a lifetime warranty to make this a one in a lifetime purchase.
2. TEKTON 2841 Everybit (TM) Ratchet Screwdriver and Bit Set
There’s no such thing as an universal screwdriver set but the Tekton 2841 Everybit Screwdriver Bit set comes really close.
With over 130 pieces this kit is equipped with just about every bit type and size you could possibly need for day to day work and those odd tasks that come up here and there all of them packed within a solid case that makes keeping track of them a piece of cake.
Perhaps the best thing about this kit is just how versatile it is as not only does it come with a wide variety of bits and pieces but also a specialized jeweler screwdriver set to help you work with small and delicate things such as electronics, watches and, yes, jewels.
This impressive kit was made in Taiwan and while its sandblasted tips aren’t the sturdiest out there, this set will work for tasks around the house and even light automotive work.
3. Stanley 94-248 65-Piece Homeowner’s Tool Kit
First things first, you’ll need a screwdriver to open this screwdriver set.
No, we’re not sure what the people at Stanley were thinking either.
Once you get past that small obstacle, though, this becomes a really solid set to have around the house. We might call it a “screwdriver set” but truth is you’ll find much more than just screwdrivers.
This 65 piece wonder includes screwdrivers, ratchet, hammer, tape measure, box cutter, pliers, levelers and more. Bear in mind, though, that at least half of the 65 pieces included here are screw bits and sockets, so if you’re a regular person with no knowledge of tools whatsoever… well, you won’t really use all 65 pieces included here.
Even then, this is definitely a solid purchase for those looking for a well-stocked toolkit that’s wonderful for general household use.
4. DEWALT DCD771C2 20V MAX Lithium-Ion Compact Drill/Driver Kit
If you’re looking for a screwdriver set for the more intensive jobs around the house or you’re simply looking for an electric screwdriver to ease the strain on your wrists, then this is a good option.
The Dewalt DCD771C2 is a lightweight and small electric screwdriver that nevertheless packs quite a punch. Though the batteries are short lived and won’t last for more than an hour or maybe two at the time, they’ll keep going strong until they’re out of juice. None of that ‘gradually losing power’ thing that happens with other electric screwdrivers.
This particular set comes with the drill, two batteries, a charger, a soft case to carry everything and a 45 piece set of exchangeable tips. All of this guarantees that you’ll have no problem completing any job that comes up around the house and even in the professional area. There are stronger drills better suited for contractors but this set will do in a pinch.
The 45- Piece Screwdriving set itself comes with 45 high quality, heat treated exchangeable tips that fit nicely in the drill and are packed in an industrial strength case, though the case could be much better as placing the tips back in place requires a bit of a fight.
II. The Importance of a Good Screwdriver Set
You never notice how important it is to have a set of screwdrivers at home up until you need them.
Sure, knives, coins or even screws might help in a pinch but I’ve found that those methods fail more often than not and they often end up damaging whatever you were trying to unscrew to begin with.
Let’s face it, owning a screw driver set saves you time, money and tons of frustration so if you don’t have one it’s time to go out and change that.
Here’s what you need to know before going out and buying your own screwdriver set:
- Whether you’re unscrewing something easy or putting on some grease elbow on a screw that hasn’t moved in years, you want to get a solid grip on the handle of your screwdriver and that’s not something you can do if the handle is cheap.
- Best scenario? The handle will slip from your hands constantly.
Worst? You’ll end up injuring yourself, either by twisting your wrist or even cutting your hand.
- Be on the lookout for handles with smooth curves, made out of plastic and rubber to that fits your hand just right. The smooth curves will make gripping it easier; the plastic and rubber combination will give you right balance between grip and mobility; and getting the right size will ensure you’re not struggling with a screwdriver that’s too big or too small.
This is a no brainer. The tip is the most important part of the screwdriver so you want to make sure you’re getting the one you’ll need.
Once you’ve made sure you’ve selected the right kind of tip, here are a couple of things to keep in mind:
You need a tip that’s hard enough not to burr but smooth enough not to shatter when dealing with difficult screws or if you accidentally drop it.
You’ll be able to tell what screwdrivers have a nonslip tip just by looking at them, as they have a different color on the tip. It’s usually black but it can be yellow or even red.
If you’re not sure just by looking at them, simply ask if it’s a forged steel or hardened tip. As a general rule, if it’s shiny and chrome, don’t bother with it.
Yeah, the warranty matters a lot when it comes to this kind of thing. Quality screwdrivers are a solid investment that should really be done only once so you want to make sure your warranty has you covered.
Keep in mind, though, that most manufacturers don’t count abuse as part of their warranty so if you’re using your screwdriver to open things, chisel or even dig your warranty might not cover you at all.
These are the things you need to consider before getting your own screwdriver set. They might seem simple, but they make a huge difference between a screwdriver that you’ll have to replace and one that you can always trust.
III. Screwdriver Sets 101
Screwdrivers are one of the mankind’s most useful tools and it’s easy to see why. While their main function remains roughly the same, all kinds of trades and tasks require can be achieved with the right screwdriver.
House owners, jewelers, construction workers, optometrists and more. They all need screwdrivers to complete successfully their tasks which are why there are so many different screwdriver sets out there, and this short guide will tell you exactly what you need to know about them.
1. Screwdriver Sets Vs Bit Sets
There are as many types of screwdriver sets as there are uses for them which mean you’ll be able to find sets for just about any task.
Regardless of how different one set can be to another, all of them can be divided into two categories. Those that come with screwdrivers, also known as handheld screwdriver sets: and those that only have tips, known as screwdriver bit sets.
– Handheld Screwdriver Sets
These sets are made out of screwdrivers of different sizes and tips. You’ll find them for household work, jewelry work, construction work and more. The sets will often come in advertised as such and will include the screwdrivers needed for a certain task.
– Screwdriver Bit Sets
As the name implies, this set doesn’t have screwdrivers but rather different heads that you can exchange. These sets are made for power screwdrivers and offer a wider variety of possibilities than the standard one. Of course, they’re only convenient if you already own a power screwdriver.
2. Types of Screwdriver Sets
As we’ve already discussed, there are many uses for screwdrivers which mean that there are many kinds of screwdriver sets available out there, each tailored to specific needs. Regardless, you can divide screwdriver sets into four broad categories:
– General Use
- The main objective of this kind of set is to handle as many applications as possible. These sets are better suited for home or for places that don’t require professional grade screwdrivers.
- You’ll find them both as handheld screwdriver sets or screwdriver bits sets, but the objective is always the same: Give the owner tools to tackle as many different tasks without necessarily worrying about precision work.
- Because of this, these sets are usually the most affordable.
As the name implies, these are specialized sets created for very specific tasks. You’ll find sets for computer repair, optometrist work, jewelers, watch repair and more.
Each kit has screwdrivers specifically designed to work with small screws and is designed to make handling minuscule pieces much easier.
These usually include the strongest screwdrivers out of any set, as they’re created for heavy duty applications, such as to work with cars or in industrial settings.
While similar to the mechanic sets in the sense that they’re both built to withstand very rough treatment, these sets are used almost exclusively for construction purposes.
While each set is made with certain tasks in mind, you’re more than welcome to use whichever kind suits your fancy. After all, a construction set might help you with housework as much as a general set would and the same can be said for mechanic sets.
The only sets we advise you to avoid buying without proper research first are precision sets, as their specifications might not meet your needs.
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